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Panacci Porcelain Pottery

Joseph Panacci has been a full time potter for over 35 years. Originally based in Caledon, he has followed his love of porcelain clay and gas firings through both functional and artistic pieces. Now based in Simcoe, Ontario, Joseph has rekindled his love for pottery and clay in a very new way, producing work in a wood fired kiln. Along with his son Peter, they are both enjoying the exciting process of developing new glazes and forms to complement this unique, strenuous, but incredibly rewarding way of working. Come explore how working with local clay and firing with wood has transformed their pieces.


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1064 Cockshutt Road, RR#5 Simcoe, Ontario, N3Y4K4

(519) 426-6650

or e-mail us at panaccipottery@gmail.com

We try to be open daily, with a few exceptions from time to time, so if you'd like to drop in for a visit, give us a call before just in case :)


 

The Wood Kiln

 

Flames rushing out of the spy holes. Throughout heavy reduction, a high pressure is maintained, forcing the kiln to consume more oxygen than is available, creating the beautiful deep copper red glazes we treasure.

Each firing is a unique experience. Everything from the temperature and weather outside, the kind of wood being used, and even how densely packed the kiln is will affect the firing. This fickle nature is worlds apart from the controlled environment of electric and gas firings. Because of this, wood firings place unique and often strenuous demands on the potter. With each firing you become more in tune with your kiln, it's quirks and temperaments. Wood firings are also incredibly physically demanding. Our kiln fires anywhere from 13 to 15 hours, reaching as high as 2300°F and requires us to constantly monitor its status while stoking each fire box every few minutes. Although we are left exhausted by the end, each successful firing also brings feelings of pride, relief and a deeper appreciation for traditional forms of pottery. It is far from the simplest or easiest way to do pottery, but for us, there is no question that it is the most rewarding.

 

Opening the wood kiln is always a surprise. Each firing is unique with it's own challenges and surprises.

Our Kiln

Our wood kiln was born from necessity rather than choice. As my father wanted to return to pottery more seriously, and I decided on pursuing pottery full time, we had to face two harsh truths. That building our own gas kiln, despite my fathers experience, is virtually impossible with all the new regulations and certifications required; and electric kilns simply don't produce the glazes and effects we so dearly love. So we were left with building a wood kiln, something foreign and alien to us both. Consulting with books by other potters and advice from experts like Euan Craig, we started building our own kiln from the ground up using bricks from an old gas kiln. Learning and improvising as we went, what resulted was an entirely unique kiln which we have been learning from and adapting to ever since. 

 

Joseph building the base walls of the kiln. The bottom of the fire boxes and the flu to the chimney can already be seen.

Joseph doing some final checks at the end of a firing.

 

Our Studio

We are open daily, with a few exceptions from time to time, so if you'd like to drop in for a visit, give us a call before just in case, and we'll even put on a pot of tea or coffee for you :)

All of our work is handmade at our studio in Renton. Please feel free to drop by anytime and see how our pottery is made, the wood kiln, and our gallery. Our work is constantly changing and we never tire of sharing our love for pottery with others.


1064 Cockshutt Road, RR#5 (Sometimes listed as Haldimand Road)
Simcoe, Ontario, N3Y 4K4
(519) 426-6650